Specifi c deterrence and incapacitation are two prominent methods for preventing convicted offenders from committing further crimes. Both methods seek to prevent crime through intervention with individuals who have already harmed
society and shown a disposition toward deviant activity. The prevention of crime through these approaches revolves around punishment of the offender. The form of punishment most considered in evaluations of specifi c deterrence and incapacitation is incarceration. Despite the similarity in the punishment, the actual process by which specifi c deterrence and incapacitation brings about crime prevention is very different.